Sarah, a physician by day, was behind the design and style of the remodel. "Once she got beyond the horror of the old kitchen, she crafted a plan of modern-meets-antique that I think would make the original owners very happy," says Tim. "The Victorians were obviously in love with color and exciting details, so we ran with that."
While Tim and Sarah didn't run into any big surprises during their remodel, they did learn a lesson about projects taking longer than expected. "So much of my day was setting up and cleaning up," says Tim. "Living in a renovation is a big challenge." They also learned the value of working together as a team. "The disagreements we had over design details, like the kitchen bench seating, turned out to produce some of our best collaborative work."
Tim hired an excavation crew to dig and pour the foundation walls and then had an electrician and plumber work with him to rough-in all the fixtures. "The wiring was a big project," says Tim. "We fished new wires into nearly every wall and ceiling. It's really slow and messy work, but having it done is a huge load off our minds." He also hired an insulation team to blow in dense-pack cellulose into the walls and roof. From there, Tim finished everything himself — including building a shed, planting trees and digging a garden out back. "It's our paradise," says Tim.
With the dust and construction behind them, Tim and Sarah say the hard work was well worth it. In fact, Tim's favorite part of the remodel was doing the work himself. "The next best part was making our home amazing for my wife," says Tim. "It was so fun completing little projects each day for her to come home to. Each day was a new treat."